To Bra or Not to Bra

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V15

It was a beautiful day here on Sunshine Lane, I spent time in the garden weeding.

Before I got to the task, my neighbor wandered over, threw up her arms and extolled her freedom. It had been 3 weeks since she’d put on a bra. I too have been blessed with not strapping in. This of course gave me contemplative fodder whilst I weeded. Wondering first, whose idea was it to strap them in? Wouldn’t a form fitting undershirt have done the job, keeping them…under control? And why do they need to be controlled anyway? Some might call it fashion, others bondage… From binding feet to corsets to bras, I’ve resolved it to being, the age-old story of oppressing women. Once something becomes mainstream, it’s very hard to break free. Unless of course you’re under quarantine.

I did a quick internet search for old bra ads and found this gem. I included it because of its moon theme. Speaking of, enough rehashing the past/present, let’s focus on how we move forward…

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Our daily 5-minute meditation. The waxing moon is now Gibbous.

Preamble

This time right now, need not feel cruel. Consider this time a luxury. A moment to come to our center, to bring clarity to what matters. Want what’s best. (Bras or no bras)

Quiet the mind. Sit peacefully and listen to every aspect of ourselves. What is the loudest thing we hear or feel? See where it leads, give it space to just be without labeling it good or bad. There is and always will be something vying for attention, use our power to know what deserves focus.

Meditation

Move into our hearts, there is no shadow there, no cruelty, just Love.
Basque in your Love.
Seriously, spend 5 minutes experiencing your Love.

Poem

Hey beautiful
Stay beautiful

To Bra or Not to Bra

Today We Hunted

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V14

Today we hunted; on and off Sunshine Lane.

Mine was delicious. He threw his up.

Exhausted from the hunt, time for some TV. But not before…

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Never forget where we’ve been. However, what regretful anchors from our past are we ready to dump?

Our daily 5-minute meditation. The waxing moon increases, tomorrow it’s Gibbous.

Meditation

There is a sliver of darkness that still holds on. Thank it. Give it wings.

Feel the silky soft space of release.

Poem

As the light chases the dark, the dark gets more concentrated.

Today We Hunted

Points of View

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V13

I often take pictures from our deck looking out onto the wetlands. It’s a mostly unobstructed view for some distance, giving the impression we are isolated in nature. From the opposite perspective, you can see we are indeed near other houses. It’s easy however to tune the neighbors out and focus on the beauty in front of us. This may not be possible for those living in close quarters, but there are other ways to tune into different perspectives.

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Perspective and Perception

I realize I repeat myself, a lot. However, when I sit to meditate or get centered, the themes of Love and personal truth are always recurring. It’s my baseline for everything worth exploring. The bottom line being, we either start from Love or fear and go from there.

Our existence is directed by what we believe, and what we believe comes from our perceptions of what is. The cycle goes like this: our experience informs our perspective, and in turn feeds our perceptions of reality. It’s as simple as that. We have all the power to believe what we want. The trick is finding experiences and perspectives that keep us in alignment with our truth.

Ultimately, our life and intentions are our own personal business, only we know our personal truth. Our truth can get complicated by culture (institutions, church, friends…). So, if you’re not jiving with your current perspective, change it. When we change perspectives, our perceptions will follow.

Our daily 5-minute meditation. The waxing moon increases.

Meditation

We are each on a hero’s journey for our personal truth.
No other person, place or condition determines our truth.

Points of View

Now Here

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V12

Been fighting the poplars here on Sunshine Lane. Just before we bought the property, the neighbor to our north cut down 2 huge 3+’ diameter poplars to improve their view. The trees luckily fell their way and were left to be immediately swallowed by blackberries. They also left 2′ tall healthy stumps. Desperate to survive, as nature is, the stumps now produce hundreds of shooting starts seasonally. We do not want hundreds of malformed poplars, so goes the clipping. The good news is we have lots of straight sticks to play with. Currently, they’re being stockpiled for a later creation. As we have more sticks than you can shake a stick at, we’re thinking of fencing, or perhaps a knitting project for really big hands. Oh, the possibilities…

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Today our theme is Now Here – Pay Attention.

Going from Nowhere to Now here is simply the expansion of space in the right place. Knowing where the right place is for the expansion is the key.  Sometimes it just about pausing, changing focus and emphasis.  If we want a new or different result, focus on something different.

Our daily 5-minute meditation. The waxing moon has reached the first quarter.

Meditation

Be here now, pay attention and feel any newness.
This is our time to contemplate our existence.
Be here now.
Pay attention to the waves of our breath.
With each breath give thanks to our body from our toes to our head.
The expansion is coming be patient with the reveal.

Poem

Perfectly balanced between dark and light
She is shining bright – yet half in shadow
Then why do our hearts wail?
We long for love, to belong
With patience, our beauty is being revealed, do you see it?
My beauty is reflecting upon you, receive it with love

Now Here

Get Lucky

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V11

Been juggling a few hats and personas here on Sunshine Lane. So, will leave our daily update with a blast from the past, when we were physically social, albeit alter ego’d.

Moving on…

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Our daily 5-minute meditation. The waxing moon increases, first Quarter is tomorrow.

Preamble…

First, turn off the distracting video of questionable taste…

Our theme today is “Welcome and Release”. Welcome our best intentions with no attachment to how they show up. Listen carefully to our higher will, surrender to change for the best and highest good. See our ego, and release what we can shake off and make peace with what we can’t. If met with muddled thinking, imagine moving up, and the confusion falling away, leaving us only with our vision. Now is the time to embody letting go and Welcome – balanced spirit, emotion, and intellect. Be in alignment and create a flow towards our intentions.

Meditation

We step in and see ourselves in our vision.

NoteI recognize this thoughtful meditation and the distracting video of questionable taste may seem counter to each other. This is part of our learning to balance and let go. With everything we encounter, move forward in the appropriate direction.

Get Lucky

Across the miles…

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V10

Today Sunshine Lane made contact with another side of the world. Using technology, we hosted our first Zoom session “art? across the miles”. Me on Whidbey the kids in Lisbon. We’re planning a party and making different elements each day (favors, decorations, games…) with the intention of self-partying on Saturday. We had fun, little kids like making stuff and doing stuff. Our session serviced both, it’s great.

While other folks in nearby counties have experienced rain and hail today, we’ve had sunshine, clouds and wind. Our very tall Douglas fir trees are dancing like crazy; may they stay in place.

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Our daily 5-minute meditation. The waxing moon increases.

Preamble…

As we move toward the first quarter, it’s a good time to make decisions and act in alignment with our intentions. Stay in the flow, step over fear, no scab picking. We are changing and change disturbs fear and our murky depths. Don’t judge it, just hear it, feel it, sit with it. Part of our truth is our shadow. We are not trying to fix anything; we are perfectly imperfect. We are the magicians of our life. All conceived from love will succeed.

Meditation…

Still waters run deep
observe them
do not disturb

Across the miles…

No News

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V9

Love <———————–> fear
If our focus right now is closer to fear than Love, course correct.
There is a difference between internal truth/our moral center, and external influence. Fear is the consequence of misplaced attention.

Turn off the news. It will still be there tomorrow and the next day. Stop letting it chase you down and hold you hostage. Seriously, why spend another second in the shit? Especially if you are doing nothing about the shit? And sharing the shit doesn’t count as doing something, it perpetuates chaos.

Consciousness is our superpower – direct it accordingly

OK, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system we can move on to happier times.

Spring is still happening here on Sunshine Lane. Although it’s a bit nippy, nothing is keeping our feathered friends from continuing to feather their nests and sing their best songs.  

Tomorrow I’m leading an art class “across the miles” with the grand kids in Lisbon. Wish me luck.

Onto our daily 5-minute meditation. Waxing toward first quarter.

Meditation

We balance and adjust as the moon continues to illuminate our truth.
Ditch the party line.
Find the light.

No News

Vacuuming and the supply chain

. . . Turkmen rug made by Afghan refugees in Konya, Turkey . . .

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V8

Yesterday I woke up feeling horrible because the only movement I’d done the day before was walking to the mailbox. This brings us to, vacuuming, a worthy exercise when done with rigo. Whilst in the act, I remembered a dinnertime grace from childhood; we were practicing Presbyterians.

Back of the loaf the snowy flour,
And back of the flour the mill,
And back of the mill is the sun and the shower,
And the Father’s will.

A lovely homage to the biblical supply chain.

Speaking of supply chains, vacuuming is an opportunity to employ both our back and consciousness. Imagine all the people and tasks it took before your floor was, your floor. Every hand it passed through and what their lives might be like. Starting with the person who had the idea, to the UPS delivery person or installers. Each person along the way deserves a nod of acknowledgment and thanks. Whether it’s a lovely hand tied rug by Afghan refugees or a factory worker pumping out a manufactured floor. Everything has a story before arriving at your door. Reminding us to do thoughtful purchasing.

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Our daily 5-minute meditation for Crescent Moon.

Meditation prep

As the moon continues to wax, it illuminates more of what is, including those clinging thoughts of dis-ease and old stories. Stuck like burs. Imagine something stickier rolling through and taking them away… or use a flamethrower, rake, hammer… Perhaps ask why we hang on to them?
If surrendering or a truce feels better do that. Sometimes just acknowledgment, releases us from its grip.

Meditation

Our shadow is part of us. It will take all our attention given the chance.
Bring on more light.
The brighter our light, the less shadow there is.

Poem

beauty in stillness

dark and light

Vacuuming and the supply chain

Sausage

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V7

The eagle continues to pull grasses from the wetland to feather its nest. Enough about Sunshine Lane… But before we move on to something more meaningful, let me wet your whistle with tomorrow’s topic: Vacuuming and the Supply Chain…

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“If you want to know your past, look at your present. If you want to know your future, look at your present” -Buddha

A year ago, we were in Lisbon for 2 months visiting Alice and family. Before we went, I created a plan to keep myself grounded. Long trips in the past had left me with angst. I do best when I have purpose and meaning in my life. Being with family does bring both of those things, but I also need something that is personally centering.

Making sausage… I decided to spend an hour or so each day creating a daily mediation that follows the cycle of the Moon. My intention was to have something I could share with others after our trip. Each day I’d wake up make some tea, meditate, do research, and scribble. The meditations and poems I’ve shared the last few days are a result. The process however, has taken a lot longer than I had initially intended. During our trip I felt fantastic about the progress I was making. It was very grounding to have something to do every morning that centered me. During my research I’d review the wisdom of others for inspiration and guidance. I have many favorites,  including: The Alchemy Mystery School (Seattle), Angeles Arrien and the Four Fold Way, Tarot (too many to reference), Eckhart Tolle, Pamela Eakins, the list goes on…

When I got back to Whidbey (Sunshine Lane) I lost momentum. Spring had happened and the property took over my focus. I did pop back into the project now and again, but often asking myself, is the project still what I had originally intended, will I ever share it? I recommitted, writing a meditation and sometimes poem for each day starting with the new moon August 30, 2019. These were mostly 2 pages of scribbled notes (see sausage above). As I went through the month, I continued to ask myself about sharing this with others. I couldn’t see how/when I’d share it, so it became a personal project. I was ok with that.

Coming to the present, as we are isolating, it seemed like the time is now to share something. So, I’ve been translating my scribbles into the daily meditations. It’s not the format I had originally planned and currently lacks the back story; I hope someday to get to that. In the meantime, while we may not be able to immediately change our physical circumstances, we can change our perspective and perception. I hope this brings you some solace and joy.

Our daily 5-minute meditation. The waxing moon increases the reflection of light, almost Crescent.

Meditation

Show up to Love and fear, be open, present, show up to what is. The truth need not be cruel.
When we meet ourselves at our center, our now, for this moment we are free. Breath.
Leaving our shadow in peace, walk forward in grace, free from the bondage our past and future.  

Poem

The moon- expanding, hopes, wishes, adjusting, aligning

Sausage

Breakfast Salad

The Sunshine Observer: SO… V6

Big news here on the Lane. I went to the post office and store today; it’s been a week. Pressing the lemon to find something relevant to say about it: The World is still out there.

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The picture today is of my current favorite breakfast. It’s super simple to make. A sunny side up egg, S&P and crispy parmesan cheese cooked in the same pan as the egg, then placed over a bed of mixed greens with a drizzle of both balsamic vinegar and balsamic glaze. Deliciosa.

Our daily 5-minute meditation. The moon is waxing, almost Crescent.

Meditation

We bring patience as the new is being revealed. Expanding with the light. Our dark corners, our shadow wants Love too.

Poem

Slick

Falling into the dark

Leaving dreams to come true

Breakfast Salad